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Arctic Cooling ARCTIC K381 Review

The world of technology has changed greatly within the last couple of decades -- from the good old video cassette player and monochromatic televisions, to the latest high definition LED backlit LCD flat panel televisions, Blu-ray players, and high performance surround sound systems -- it is so easy to overlook how far we have come. Many of us who are technology enthusiasts can relate to this, and I am no exception. I have dedicated myself more towards the line of computer hardware, and over the years, I have noticed many changes even to the standard QWERTY keyboard. From old school Microsoft units with big blocky keys to slim Razer keyboards with sleek backlit LED lights, I must admit, this humble but important computer peripheral which appears to be ever unchanging has experienced a significant degree of evolutionary development in recent times. And there are many types of keyboards. Some are made for professional gamers, and yet others are made for hardcore productivity users. Most of the time, I have a tough time deciding between a very nice looking keyboard or a more practical one that I could comfortably use every day. Well, Arctic Cooling gave me somewhat of a surprise when they came up with their K381 keyboard. At first sight, it is clear that this keyboard is a slim, sleek, low profile, and down to earth keyboard. Is this the same keyboard that both suits the "nice looking" description and has typing quality good enough for everyday use at the same time? Read on to find out!

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Latest Skype Beta Offers Group Video Calls for 10

From PC World: The latest beta version of Skype offers the ability to do group video calls with up to 10 people.

Skype 5.0 beta 2 runs on Windows and includes an updated user interface, the company said on its blog. The release doubles the number of people that can be included in a group video call from the five people allowed with Skype 5.0 beta 1, released in May.

Toshiba debuts Android-powered Folio 100 tablet

From CNET News.com: Samsung's Galaxy Tab got a lot of the attention Thursday, but Toshiba had an Android tablet of its own to debut here at the IFA electronics show: the Folio 100.

Google and AOL renew long-term partnership

From InfoWorld: Google and AOL have renewed a long-term partnership that gives AOL Web properties access to Google search and advertising services.

The partnership, in place since May 2002 and renewed for the third time, provides revenue-sharing from AOL in exchange for search services. The new deal will expand to give AOL access to Google's mobile search products and Google subsidiary YouTube access to AOL's video content, the companies said in a statement.

T-Mobile G2 to Pack Android 2.2 Froyo, Qualcomm "Scorpion" CPU

From DailyTech: If you're determined to get an Android slider on T-Mobile, then perhaps the upcoming T-Mobile G2 is the phone for you. However, its specs may change your mind.

The company's insider newsletter T-Mobile Scoop reveals that the HTC Vision, aka the T-Mobile G2, will be using an 800 MHz MSM7x30 chip. That chip uses the Qualcomm's Scorpion ARM CPU, also found in the 1 GHz Snapdragon.

Toshiba Recalls Laptops Due to Burn Hazard

From X-bit Labs: Toshiba Corp. on Thursday announced a voluntary recall of 41 thousand notebooks worldwide due to overheating hazard. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Nvidia Reportedly Working on a New Core-Logic Set

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp. is reportedly working on a PCI Express-based graphics processing unit that also integrates input/output functionality typically found in core-logic set. The chips will allow the company to partly return to the market of core-logic devices. But the success of the move may be undermined by technical details.

Apple iOS 4.2 Readies the iPad for Work


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